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Tuition-Free Training Opportunities for Manufacturing Employees

Posted on Mar 27, 2015

A new $2.7 million federal grant is helping manufacturing businesses across Washington pay for worker training through Washington State University and Highline and Shoreline Colleges at nearly no cost.

All training is online and aimed at boosting staff productivity. Classes are available in even the most rural places, where enhancing employee skills is critical, but difficult. Courses are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level for; Project Management, Supervisory Leadership, Supply Chain Management, Six Sigma, Lean Agility, Global Trade & Logistics, and more.

“This is another resource available to manufacturing businesses in Grant County to help them with the continuing education of their workforce,” said Jonathan Smith, Executive Director of the Grant County EDC. “We already have a great training asset with Big Bend Community College and this grant adds to that by providing access to courses that were previously inaccessible in an online format.”

The program requires that employee students develop an education plan with their employer, maintain a certain GPA, and pay for the textbooks for the courses. Employers are responsible for paying application fees and allowing employees adequate time, supplies, and tools to complete the education plan. Tuition for the classes is covered by the grant.

Businesses that would like to participate in the program should contact Mike Brennan, the Grant Manager for the Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board, at (360) 709-4616.  

A new $2.7 million federal grant is helping manufacturing businesses across Washington pay for worker training through Washington State University and Highline and Shoreline Colleges at nearly no cost.